Welcome to the I-Candy series. Saturated with sweetness, layered with goopy additives, designed to attract and leave you with wanting more. When I started to work on this series of paintings, they seemed so far out in left field from my other works that I took on a persona “Candy” to dive headfirst into the sugar coated unknown.
Most of these pieces start by building layers of texture. I don't get caught up in choosing colors at this point, because I know it will get covered up quickly. It's all about creating a tactile surface, interesting to look at and touch. I will scrape with pointed objects, drip drops from all angles, use stencils to make patterns, collage paper into the mix. Anything is fair game at this point.
Then I start to play with geometric shapes of bright colors. I may start to see something that wants to come into being. Over time these individual pieces became a narrative where shapes and color were the key components in a creation story. This has become a delightful children’s book called “How Color Created the World.” These projects have directed me in starting my own publishing company calledBrush to Pen.